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Erin Schneider's cause of death determined

9:37 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, Ill. (KSDK) - The Major Case Squad called a press conference late Friday afternoon to give an update on the murder case they are investigating in Columbia, Ill.

Schneider was found dead Thursday afternoon inside a home in the 200 block of Riebeling Street, where her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Kuykendall, lived.

Detectives say an autopsy was performed on 17-year-old Erin Schneider. The cause of death was determined to be multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper torso. Investigators would not comment on how many times she was stabbed or if the murder weapon was found.

Schneider's exact time of death has not been determined, but she is believed to have died only a few hours before her body was found. Forensic evidence has been gathered from the crime scene, but it is too early to tell what role that evidence will play.

Authorities say they will continue to investigate the case throughout the evening and weekend. They say there is one person of interest at this time. The person of interest and Schneider knew each other, but investigators will not disclose the relationship between the two.

NewsChannel 5 has confirmed an emergency order of protection was filed by Schneider June 13 against Kuykendall. According to court documents, a hearing regarding the order of protection was supposed to have taken place at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Kuykendall was involved in a head-on car accident around 10 a.m. Thursday on IL 158.

Schneider was remembered at a church service Friday afternoon, and friends spoke of Schneider and Kuykendall's rocky relationship.

"I mean, I was worried about her and a couple of other friends were too, but not her safety. I think everybody in our friend group is really surprised because we just can't see him being a violent person," said Ruby Whitehead.

The principal of Columbia High School says they have opened up the school for anyone who may need support during this hard time. The school will also be open next week.

Visitation for Schneider will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30 and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, also at the funeral home.

KSDK

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